All About Mini-Split Air Conditioners: What They Are and How They Cool

August 18, 2017

Most homeowners are informed about central air conditioners.

Mini-split systems are a type of ductless heating and cooling. Rather than giving conditioned air to the full residence via a network of air ducts, they heat and cool a single room at a time. This delivers more targeted temperature control, increasing comfort and energy efficiency.

How Do Mini-Split Air Conditioners Work?

Mini-splits are most similar to heat pumps in the way they operate. Both types of equipment deliver electric cooling, just like an air conditioner. This involves using refrigerant to remove heat from in a building and discharging that warmth outside. Then, a reversing valve allows the system to work backward, adding warmth to your house in the winter by removing heat from outdoor air and depositing it inside.

The largest distinction between mini-splits and heat pumps is that mini-split systems don’t require ductwork. Alternatively, the indoor unit has a built-in air handler, which mounts directly to the wall or ceiling in the room you want to heat and cool. Copper tubes, wiring and a condensate drain line connect to an outdoor condensing unit through a small conduit in the wall. This exterior component looks much like an air conditioner or heat pump condenser.

More than one indoor unit can work off of one outdoor condenser, permitting you to heat and cool your complete residence with this system if desired. This set-up also makes zoning practical, a highly coveted feature that allows you to customize when, where and how much you heat and cool specific rooms.

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Is a Ductless Mini-Split Right for My House?

Mini-splits are a fantastic solution for most households. Think over these reasons why using a ductless mini-split may be a smart choice for your needs:

  • You can heat and cool a complete house that has no existing ductwork.
  • You can switch off the heat and air conditioning in empty areas to save on your energy expenses.
  • Mini-splits deliver additional heating and cooling for areas that are tricky to keep comfortable.
  • Use a ductless system to heat and cool a residence addition or sunroom without the cost of putting in ductwork or the annoyance of using window AC units.
  • Mini split systems are the ideal choice for spaces where traditional ducts is impractical. A few examples might be period houses, tiny homes, temperature controlled sheds or workshops, or garage conversions.
  • What are the Perks of a Mini-Split System?

    Ductless mini-splits are very efficient systems, but you might still be wondering why you would want to select it over a common furnace and air conditioner. Here’s why more Alliance homeowners are getting ductless mini-splits:

    • Avoid the pitfalls of ductwork: By giving heated and cooled air directly, air doesn’t pass through cracked air ducts on its way to each room. This can save you as much as 30 percent on your heating and cooling expenses. Plus, if your residence doesn’t already include ducts, you avoid the annoyance and expense associated with putting them in.
    • Choose the right temperature for every room: With zoned heating and cooling from a ductless mini-split, you can keep an office refreshing while maintaining a warm nursery—all while optimizing energy efficiency.
    • Conserve money and energy by not heating and cooling vacant spaces: Shutting supply registers in a central HVAC system can disturb it, putting stress on the equipment and canceling any possible savings. But with independent air handlers in every room, you can heat and cool particular spaces only when you need them.

    Rely on Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to Add Your Mini-Split Air Conditioner

    As with standard HVAC systems, ductless mini-splits need accurate sizing and Expert installation to ensure the most efficient performance. Our knowledgeable mini split installers in Alliance can help you decide if a mini-split system will match your needs. We can then support you with determining the precise equipment size and model to make your home as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible.

    For more info, or to book an appointment, contact Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 330-235-1260. You can also schedule an appointment online.